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Postby slawman » Sat 28 Apr, 2007 9:55 am

OK, just got the photos sorted.

Here's my tank from a few weeks ago. I will stick some more up and details later.

Please let me know if anyone can't see the photo or if there are any sizing issues.


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Postby Faceofblue » Sat 28 Apr, 2007 11:08 am

Very nice,

Whats the dimensions etc?
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Postby slawman » Sat 28 Apr, 2007 11:53 am

A more recent full shot and a few general shots:

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Tank is a 4x2x2.5 plus sump I have 500liters in the system.

Running EV180 skimmer, Korralin reactor, diy topoff, fluidised reactor running GAC and a bit of Silphos every now and then.
PM4200 return, PM3600 on the skimmer with a Sfigoli chiller!! (say all that three times fast and you can have a burger).

Parameters:

PH is dropping to 7.95 before lights on and goes to 8.25 before lights off. This is much lower since I have been running the reactor, used to be between 8.2 and 8.4. I am not sure if I should be concerned about this as my alk and calcium is quite high, maybe someone can give me their thoughts on this.

Temp is 27 and very stable. I would like it to be closer to 26 and I can probably get there with a lower power return pump. I want to do this to get a better O2 saturation.

Calc. is up and down as I bed the reactor in but generally over 420ppm.

Alk is about 9.4 dKH again still stabilising.

sg is 1.023 (temp adjusted it's probably closer to 1.026) and very stable.

PO4 is between .01 and .25, the kit is damned hard to read and result varies hugely under different lighting.

Nitrate is between .25 and .5

I use a Pinpoint PH monitor, Salifert test kits and a hydrometer from carleton glass.

Water change when I remember of about 100l every month or two.

I want to get a Hanna PO4 colorimeter soon.

The current display has been setup for over 6 years and many of my inhabitants are that old as well. I am now on a drive to get more SPS so hopefully will be posting some more shots soon.
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Postby AuS MaDDoG » Sat 28 Apr, 2007 12:09 pm

:wavey: Lookin good mate !! :clap: :clap:

:cheers:
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Postby Guv » Sat 28 Apr, 2007 12:26 pm

:withyou: Looking great!

Regarding the drop in pH, there are a couple of things you could try:

1. Reduce the drip flow rate from the reactor (but will have to increase the dKH of the drips) this may reduce the amount of acid returning to the tank...

2. (And the way I'd suggest you go), add a second stage to the Korralin. By adding a second stage (simply a tube filled with more CaCO3 media) that the effluent of the first stage must pass through slowly before returning to the system, you remove any excess acidity from the effluent by giving sufficient residence time to dissolve as much CaCO3 as possible. This can also allow you to run the reactor harder than usual without too much risk of dropping the pH to extreme levels.

You can either get an off-the-shelf unit, made-to-order (there are a number of good acrylic guru's on this site), or <a href="http://www.masa.asn.au/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?t=173964">DIY one</a> like mine :pirate:
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Postby slawman » Sat 28 Apr, 2007 6:03 pm

Thanks Guv!

I built this today;

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will try once the glue dries tomorrow. I will let you know how it goes....
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Postby Guv » Sun 29 Apr, 2007 11:23 am

No worries - looks great - would be great if you let us know how the pH settles after a week or two as well :thumbsup:

ps. I used floss in mine initially... this gunked up fairly quickly. I have since replaced it with coarse foam (the blue aquarium stuff) - although anything that will hold the media a little away from your inlet will do the job. A diffuser plate would be best of course!
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Postby slawman » Sun 29 Apr, 2007 12:31 pm

Hey Guv,

The PH effluent in now 7.85, up from 6.6 direct out of the reactor.

Not stable yet but looking promising :clap:

I will post in the next few days to let you know how the tank parameters are settling.

I used some egg crate for the bottom stop, it sat very nicely on a rim inside the 100mm end cap.

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Postby StripestheEel » Sat 05 May, 2007 9:15 pm

Tank looks great... so does the clam!! :devil:
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Postby slawman » Sat 19 May, 2007 11:35 am

Well the SPS drive is going to plan to this point. I picked up my first acro about three weeks ago from Strictly nothing special but looked very healthy and a nice green. I fragged it and both bits are encrusting and one has regrown over a branch that was broken. Good signs!

The calc. reactor is settling in well. I added a second chamber to lift the PH of the effluent and have also started my kalk reactor again. PH swings are now between 7.95 morning and 8.3 evening. Caclium is stabilising around 400ppm and alk at 8dkH. I am less woried about my "low" PH with these calcium and alk parameters at this level.

I have ordered a new light with dual 250s and 4 x 54wT5s. I am looking forward to playing with the blue in the flouros to see what it does to coral colors. I will stick with the 12.5k MH bulbs.

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I am finding it quite a challenge to find good, coloured, sps. It seems that the boxes that the LFSs order come with 90% brown and maybe one piece of coloured, which I always seem to just miss out on!

Not much that is easy is worthwhile, so I take up the challenge to fill my tank with rare and highly coloured corals! I already have a few SPS that I have earmarked for trade.
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Postby BISHY » Sat 19 May, 2007 3:22 pm

if you want acro - try majestic at taren point on thurs nights / fri mornigs. they seem to get some good pieces if you get lucky enough
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Postby slawman » Sun 20 May, 2007 8:26 am

Thanks Bishy,

I was in there on Friday. They had a large tank full of yellow tangs which looked pretty awesome.

Apparently they will have a big shipment of purples in soon too.

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Postby slawman » Sun 20 May, 2007 6:19 pm

Hello,

Thanks to everyone for your kind coments. I have a few PMs asking about my light stands, so below is a bit of a descriptive and a photo or two of them.

I made the hangers myself. They are aluminium tubing with a thick anodized finish (Black). The base of each arm is just a wider diameter tubing with two flat plated welded onto it to bolt into the back of my cabinet.

The top arms slide inside the base tubes and I have a pin in each which I can raise and lower if needs be.

At the ends of each arm I have a number of small ID holes to run my cable through. The reason I did a few holes is so I could move the fitting forward or back if needed.

I am pretty happy with them and they have held up very well (now over 6 years old). The finish still looks like new.


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Postby atty » Wed 23 May, 2007 8:50 pm

your tank is looking great, would look even better if you had a purple mpnti in there :roflmao: .What color bulbs are you runing, love the color
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Postby slawman » Thu 24 May, 2007 6:20 am

Thanks Atty,

I am using BLV10ks at them moment.

I am about to upgrade to a 2 x 250 fitting and will try the Reeflux 12k.

I agree that some monti is in order :thumbsup:
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Postby slawman » Thu 31 May, 2007 6:44 pm

The SPS drive is going as well as I could expect. The pieces I am picking up appear to be doing well although it is early days!

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Postby scottrichards » Thu 31 May, 2007 8:24 pm

Looks awesome mate! You could make a fortune from those red mushies!
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Postby atty » Thu 31 May, 2007 8:26 pm

Amazing, Love the red sps.
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Postby slawman » Sat 02 Jun, 2007 9:32 am

A few macros.

Pink/Red A. tenuis ??
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Dallas frag. This thing is already showing growth after one week in the tank.

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Clam growth! This is 5 weeks of growth and just shows me what a huge difference a calcium reactor makes to my tank. I had a similar size T Squamosa clam for about three years before it died and probably grew this much over that whole time.

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A. sarmentosa

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A. granulosa

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Postby dejavu » Sat 02 Jun, 2007 3:53 pm

Woa, your red "A. millepora"-like looks just like mine!

I checked my tank this morning, and I am pretty sure my piece is still where I left it last night :nut:

Beautiful piece isn't it? I got mine from 100% ReefSafe just yesterday.
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Postby slawman » Sat 02 Jun, 2007 5:54 pm

It is a beut - from Pete :clap:

Are you sure about the ID (Millepora)? The radial polyps are not so tightly packed as most Millepora, look more like A. tennis but not sure.

Didn't you say you had too much pink the other day :roflmao:
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Postby dejavu » Sat 02 Jun, 2007 6:29 pm

I guess I should say A. Millepora-like since there are a few other specie that look rather like that.

I did say I have too put pink! but I couldn't pass up a piece like that.

IMO, that Dallas frag would get too big in ~6 month time for it to be in that spot. Dallas tend to look better when it's given room to grow, perhaps at the side of the rockworks or towards the back as a "background" coral.

PS. Are you my evil half? Not only do you have the same Acroporas as me, you even got the same patterned clam?! :o That, or we just have good tastes :pirate:
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Postby slawman » Sat 02 Jun, 2007 7:00 pm

With the scaping I have frenzied a bit on a frag-fest. It's not over yet either :pirate:

The plan is to obtain some colours and species I like, then put a scape together to compliment the way they will grow and their colours. I am not completely happy with the colour or shape of some of the bits I have and the plan is to trade for stuff I prefer.

I am getting some new lighting in a few weeks and this may improve/change some of the corals also. I suspect the A. sarmentosa has Pink tips which are just starting to show and this would turn it into a premium piece.

The Dallas is a keeper and is just there temporarily.

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Postby glennb » Sat 02 Jun, 2007 7:08 pm

Plonk one dallas frag on each side of the tank, continue to let the corallimorphs run rampant, and before long Colin (Basenji) will be suing you for copyright breach.

Tank looks great inside and out, well done.
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Postby slawman » Sun 03 Jun, 2007 11:40 am

Thanks Glenn B, I will try not to infinge any copywrite in my scaping plans :roflmao:


After fiddling with the colour temp. on the camera, I am getting better balance. The auto white balance was not giving an accurate rendition.

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Regular feeding has made a significant difference to the appearance of this (candy cane) coral. Used to look "alive" but now it looks vibrant.

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And Day!

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Some hitchers if you look closely.....

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Tubinaria. You can still see the scar in the back left of what i think was a peck from my Flame angel.

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Postby blags » Mon 04 Jun, 2007 1:39 pm

Sweet looking tank Jordon. :clap: :clap:
Some nice pieces in there
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Postby slawman » Mon 04 Jun, 2007 7:04 pm

Thanks Pete,

A few bits you probaby recognise there. There is room for a few more premium pink or blue corals ;)
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Postby slawman » Sun 24 Jun, 2007 8:44 pm

Well here's the latest. Still a bit of scapin' to do but things are going fairly well. All the corals are showing growth and only one piece has "browned" (still growing though) which I put down to my 150w MHs or maybe nutrients or maybe both. Swapped my first few frags this month and was lucky enough to find a few nice bits here and there ;)

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I have been steadily culling morphs for the last month with a large piece of LR totally removed, it have over 20 red morphs on it! It is now gracing my quarrantine tank.

Clowns are spawning again....

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My Zoos from Matt have settled down now and started growing. The bristle worms seem a lot less interested in them now.

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I am expecting my new light soon and I will stick a few pics of that up when it arrives. I am expecting it to make a significant difference to the colors of a few of my SPS.
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Postby mnemonix » Sun 24 Jun, 2007 11:07 pm

slawman wrote:I have been steadily culling morphs for the last month with a large piece of LR totally removed, it have over 20 red morphs on it! It is now gracing my quarrantine tank.


I am sure there will be many willing recipients if you decide to frag/trade/sell those red and purple morphs!
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Postby amashun » Mon 25 Jun, 2007 12:49 am

mate, it looks awesome :thumbsup: i'm really impressed
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